Mass Media

Delivering Your Message to the Multimedia World

Learn how to prepare and utilize multimedia content for various situations and purposes. Discuss and analyze how society interacts with mass media; study the form, history and issues related to mass media; learn how to write for and design newspapers, magazines, websites and broadcast media; discover how the Internet links radio, video and text; develop academic research and public speaking skills; and create effective, engaging multimedia presentations. While progressing through the program, you will work on small group projects, manage and resolve conflicts in groups and teams, and explain legal-ethical issues both of communication and of creating and distributing information through mass media.

This program is primarily designed for students seeking transfer to four-year institutions to study Mass Media, Journalism, Advertising, Public Relations and Communication. Additionally, the skills learned here could be used to gain entry-level positions as creators and distributors of mass media content in smaller media organizations.

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Careers

Find your path.

Copy Writers – est. salary $43,926
Broadcast News Analyst – est. salary $59,665
Marketing Manager – est. salary $147,752*
Program Director – est. salary $59,929


EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Mass Media degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits Mass Media majors should complete ENGL 101, ENGL 102, college Mathematics, CIS 103, one Social Science course, ENGL 114, and ENGL 107 in the first 24 credits. ENGL 101
ENGL 114 - Introduction to Speech Communication 3 credits   Major Course
Humanities
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design or
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis or
MATH 161 - Precalculus I or
other MATH course
3 credits MATH 161 is recommended for students pursuing STEM interests.
Prerequisites for MATH 150: FNMT 118 ready
Prerequisite for MATH 161: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better
Mathematics
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts 3 credits   Tech Comp
FYE 101 - First Year Experience 3 credits In consultation with an advisor, students should choose general electives based on their academic and career goals, as well as specific requirements of transfer institutions.  

Critical Courses: It is strongly recommended that Mass Media majors complete ENGL 101, ENGL 102, college mathematics, CIS 103, one Social Science course, ENGL 114, and ENGL 107 in the first 24 credits.
A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C” average) is required.

  • This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program after earning their associate’s degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   ENGL 102 Info Literacy
CHEM 105 - Inquiry into Chemistry or
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
other Lab Science course
4 credits   Natural Science
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking 3 credits   Major Course
ENGL 107 - Society and Mass Communications 3 credits   Major Course
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
3 credits   Social Sciences
Interpretive Studies
American/Global Diversity

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C” average) is required.

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 122 - Writing for Mass Media 3 credits ENGL 122 is usually offered only in Fall semesters Major Course
PHOT 105 - Introduction to Digital Photography 3 credits   Major Course
ART 101 - Visual Communication or 
ENGL 205 - Creative Writing or
PHIL 111 - Critical Thinking or
ant World Language Course

  In consultation with an advisor, students should choose directed electives based on their academic and career goals, as well as specific requirements of transfer institutions. Directed Elective
ENGL 271 - The Language of Film or 
ENGL 272 - Topics in Film Study or
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production
3 credits   Major Course
ART 150 - Introduction to Computer Art/Graphics or
ART 151 - Graphic Design I or
CIS 130 - Web Design I or
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication or
ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication or
ENGL 120 - Voice and Articulation or
ENGL 131 - Acting I or
ENGL 132 - Acting II or
ENGL 214 - Communication Theory or
ENGL 271 - The Language of Film or
ENGL 272 - Topics in Film Study or
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production
3 credits In consultation with an advisor, students should choose directed electives based on their academic and career goals, as well as specific requirements of transfer institutions. Directed Elective

A minimum GPA of 2.0 ("C" average) is required.
Meet with assigned Advisor to finalize last 15 credits based on transfer institution

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 124 - Intro to Mass Media Design 3 credits ENGL 124 is usually offered only in the Spring semester, and often as an online course Major Course
Directed Elective (Choose 2)
ART 150 - Introduction to Computer Art/Graphics or
ART 151 - Graphic Design I or
CIS 130 - Web Design I or
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication or
ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication or
ENGL 120 - Voice and Articulation or
ENGL 131 - Acting I or
ENGL 132 - Acting II or
ENGL 214 - Communication Theory or
ENGL 271 - The Language of Film or
ENGL 272 - Topics in Film Study or
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production
6 credits Prerequisites for ENGL 214: ENGL 115 with a grade of "C" or better and ENGL 107 or ENGL 116 with a grade of "C" or better  Directed Elective
General Elective 3 credits In consultation with an advisor, students should choose directed electives based on their academic and career goals, as well as specific requirements of transfer institutions. General Elective
ENGL 282 - Scriptwriting or
ENGL 283 - Nonfiction Writing: Memoir and Literary Journalism
3 credits   Major Course

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C” average) is required.

  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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